Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings Tour: Weta Workshop
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings Tour: Kayak
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour
North Mavora Lake / Nen Hithoel, Breaking of the Fellowship

Lord of the Rings 10-Day New Zealand Tour

Our 10 day The Lord of the Rings tour will take you from the capital Wellington to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown.

On the way, you’ll discover captivating scenery, visit unique filming locations, meet characters involved in the making of the films, and experience a whirlwind adventure through Middle-earth.

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Lord of the Rings Tour: Edoras
Lord of the Rings Tour: Edoras


With the increasing El Nino, Global warming and changing weather patterns we have found it necessary to have seasonal itineraries to enhance your experience of Middle-earth. These comprise of the following months. Spring: Oct, Summer: Nov – Mar, Autumn: Apr – May, Winter: Jun – Sep

Arrival Day

Check in at the Tour Hotel in Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards and enjoy some free time in the city until you meet with your Tour Leader. This evening you may like to dine at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” – said to be a favourite of Viggo’s. Accommodation: In Wellington city for the next 3 nights.

Day One

(A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 1 to 9) Wellywood Day, Miramar – New Zealand’s movie capital! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in the tour. Later today we check out the “Get off the road!” location from FOTR, overlooking the city.

Day Two

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. Winter months a special movie guest is included as well. Later today is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.

Day Three

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins! We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail to Picton in the South Island (approx. 3.5 hrs). After lunch, we drive to Nelson City, stopping along the way to view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves, in barrels! How about a fantastic 1 hour easy kayak down this amazing river and movie location!! (optional extra) Accommodation tonight: Nelson

Day Four

Nelson day: This morning, weather permitting, there is a two and a half hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of “South of Rivendell”, at the top of Mt Olympus and Dimrill Dale, Mt Owen. More than highly recommended! We head back to Nelson city to meet to chat with the makers of the “One Ring”. There, we meet Jens Hansen’s son, Halfdan Hansen and see his wonderful LOTR and Hobbit jewellery. Accommodation tonight: Nelson

Day Five

An early start south via the very scenic Kaikoura Coast stopping along the way for second breakfast, lunch and to see the beautiful fur seals at play. A great photography day and our RCT coach quiz! We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Accommodation: Christchurch

Day Six

It’s time to head for the site (remote magnificence) that is EDORAS! We trek to the top and fly our Rohan Banner on the site of the Golden Hall! Later we’ll view beautiful, mountain-fed lakes – Tekapo and Pukaki and see N.Z’s highest Mountain – Mt. Cook, over 12,000 ft high. Accommodation: Twizel (Buffet Dinner included tonight.) This is a great place to study the night sky – and see the Southern Cross. Special guest tonight is a local Hobbit inspired seamstress, you may like to buy your own cloak.

Day Seven

We depart for the Pelennor Fields ~ an area that once rang to the thunderous sound of 250 horses on the charge, as King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle. Moving on, we have a guided tour of the stunning Laketown film location and then Omarama for lunch. After lunch we make time to try your archery skills – perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us? Overnight – Cromwell.

Day Eight

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several LOTR sites – The calling up of Shadowfax – The Silverlode bridge – The Orc funeral pyre – Fangorn Forest – Nen Hithoel – The log which concealed Merry & Pippin before Frodo left the fellowship, – And where Sam and Frodo paddled away on the next stage of their journey. Stunning scenery! We arrive back in Queenstown by late-afternoon. Our last 3 nights are in beautiful Queenstown.

Day Nine

Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. Opportunities for Gold panning, explore the Arrow River Lotr sites, visit to the Kawarau AJ Hacket Bungy bridge and Bungy over the River Anduin. Glorious cruise on Lake Wakatipu! Tonight we are have our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs). Optional activities day tomorrow! Accommodation: Queenstown.

Day Ten

Devote today to optional Lotr activities ! – A Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari past LOTR & Hobbiton movie sites. – Take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen. – Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. – A parasail over the lake. – A coach & cruise trip to Milford Sound. – A guided walk on the Routeburn Track? – A Nomad Safari LOTR 4 Wheel drive half day tour. – An adrenalin Jet Boat ride or a Bungy jump? – Para-sailing? Para-gliding? White water rafting? A hot air balloon ride? Trout fishing? Relaxation at Onsen Hot Pools? – Or retail therapy ~ shopping in Queenstown. The list “goes ever on” and your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings.

Day Eleven

Alas ~ your journey through Middle-earth with Red Carpet Tours, is at an end. Thank you for travelling with us ….. there and back again….. Haere ra ~ Good-bye from us all at Red Carpet Tours. “Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya: May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky.’”

Departure day

On departure day you will need a domestic airfare from Queenstown to Auckland and then your international flight home from Auckland. We can recommend Air New Zealand for this domestic flight: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz

Please note

With our 10 Day Itinerary, you join the group in Wellington at our tour Hotel on the evening of Day 4 of the full tour. When arranging your departure home from Queenstown at the conclusion of the tour, you may like to consider an extra night or two in Queenstown. So much to do.

Tour Highlights

Direct Bookings: Receive a Red Carpet Tours welcome gift.
Climb the magnificent Edoras
Special presentation and custom souvenirs from the LOTR and The Hobbit Calligrapher and map maker, Daniel Reeve!
Behind the scenes Weta Workshop Visit and tour as well as exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers!
Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise ( 3.5 hours ) between the North and South Islands
Meet the makers of the ‘One Ring’
Opportunity for Wine tasting (Winter)
Experience the magnificent Laketown
Charge on the Pelennor Fields
Beautiful Queenstown; The Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand
Visit beautiful Rohan country
Opportunity for Kayaking – Dwarves in Barrels scene from The Hobbit
Meet people involved with the LOTR & The Hobbit Trilogies!
Highlands Motor Park/ Wine tasting options in Winter months

Please note

A NZ$ 500 per person deposit is required to confirm a booking.
Deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable to another month should you need to alter your plans.

Cancellation fees

If you wish to cancel your booking, the following cancellation fees apply:

Up to 45 days prior to your travel departure date, a cancellation fee of NZ$ 500 per person will apply.
Between 44 and 21 days prior to your travel departure date, 25% of the total price will apply.
Between 20 and 11 days of your travel departure date, 50% of the total price will apply.
Within 10 days of your travel departure date, 100% of the total price will apply.


We strongly recommend you take out adequate travel insurance to cover personal accident, baggage, cancellation fees, delays or missed flights, sickness and medical expenses.

Tour details

  • Meeting Point

    Wellington. You’ll get the exact meeting point on confirmation.

  • Tour departs

    Jul 2019: Thu 4th – Mon 15th
    Aug 2019: Thu 8th – Mon 19th
    Oct 2019: Thu 10th – Mon 21st
    Nov 2019: Thu 7th – Mon 18th
    Jan 2020: Thu 9th – Mon 20th
    Feb 2020: Thu 6th – Mon 17th
    Mar 2020: Thu 12th – Mon 23rd
    Apr 2020: Thu 16th – Mon 27th
    Jun 2020: Thu 11th – Mon 22nd
    Jul 2020: Thu 16th – Mon 27th
    Aug 2020: Thu 13th – Mon 24th
    Sep 2020: Thu 17th – Mon 28th
    Oct 2020: Thu 15th – Mon 26th
    Nov 2020: Thu 12th – Mon 23rd
    Dec 2020: Thu 10th – Mon 21st

  • Tour returns

    Queenstown. You will need a domestic airfare from Queenstown to Wellington or Auckland.

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

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